Dr.-Ing. Martin Pfaller


PhD Thesis

  • M. R. Pfaller, Predictive Computational Modeling of Patient-Specific Cardiac Mechanics, 2019. PDF

Research Interests

  • Cardiac solid mechanics
  • Medical image processing
  • Model order reduction
  • High performance parallel computing
  • Inverse problems

Articles in Peer-Reviewed International Journals

  • D. Pivovarov, K. Willner, P. Steinmann, S. Brumme, M. Müller, T. Srisupattarawanit, G.‐P. Ostermeyer, C. Henning, T. Ricken, S. Kastian, S. Reese, D. Moser, L. Grasedyck, J. Biehler, M. Pfaller, W. Wall, T. Kohlsche, O. von Estorff, R. Gruhlke, M. Eigel, M. Ehre, I. Papaioannou, D. Straub, S. Leyendecker (2019), Challenges of order reduction techniques for problems involving polymorphic uncertainty, GAMM Mitteilungen, DOI
  • M. R. Pfaller, M. Cruz Varona, J. Lang, C. Bertoglio, W. A. Wall, Parametric model order reduction and its application to inverse analysis of large nonlinear coupled cardiac problems, submitted to International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
  • J. M. Hörmann, M. R. Pfaller, L. Avena, C. Bertoglio, W. A. Wall (2019), Automatic Estimation of Atrial Fiber Orientations for Patient-Specific Modeling of Cardiac Electromechanics using Image-Registration, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, e3190, DOI
  • M. R. Pfaller, J. M. Hörmann, M. Weigl, A. Nagler, R. Chabiniok, C. Bertoglio, W. A. Wall (2018), The importance of the pericardium for cardiac biomechanics: From physiology to computational modeling, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 18:503-529, DOI
  • J. M. Hörmann, C. Bertoglio, M. Kronbichler, M. R. Pfaller, R. Chabiniok, W. A. Wall (2018), An adaptive hybridizable discontinuous Galerkin approach for cardiac electrophysiology, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, 34:e2959, DOI
  • J. M. Hörmann, C. Bertoglio, A. Nagler, M. R. Pfaller, F. Bourier, M. Hadamitzky, I. Deisenhofer, W. A. Wall (2017), Multiphysics Modeling of the Atrial Systole under Standard Ablation Strategies, Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology, 8:205-218, DOI

International Conference Contributions

  • M. R. Pfaller, J. Lang, M. Cruz Varona, J. Biehler, C. Bertoglio, W. A. Wall. Parametric model order reduction using POD for coupled nonlinear cardiac mechanics, 6th European Conference on Computational Mechancis - ECCM-ECFD 2018, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 11 - 15 June, 2018
  • M. R. Pfaller, A. Nagler, J. M. Hörmann, M. Weigl, 
C. Bertoglio, S. Kozerke, C. T. Stoeck, W. A. Wall. Influence of Fiber Architecture and Pericardial Boundary Conditions on Cardiac Mechanics Simulations, 7th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering - ECCOMAS 2016, Crete Island, Greece, 5 - 10 June, 2016
  • M. R. Pfaller, A. Nagler, C. Bertoglio, M. Hirschvogel, W. A. Wall. Pericardial Boundary Conditions for Cardiac Mechanics Simulations, 4th International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering - CMBE 2015, P. Nithiarasu and E. Budyn (Eds.), Cachan, France, 29 June - 1 July, 2015

Supervised Student Projects

  • Growth and Remodeling for Cardiac Mechanics Simulations, Master's Thesis, Amadeus Gebauer, 2019. In cooperation with Fabian Bräu
  • Implementation and Verification of a Gauß-point-based Fiber Formulation, Bachelor's Thesis, Lukas Küchle, 2018
  • Electrophysiological Simulation of Atrial Fibrillation, Term paper, Maximilian Gruber, 2018. In cooperation with Julia Hörmann
  • Projection-based Hyper-reduction for 3D-0D Coupled Cardiovascular Mechanics, Master's thesis, Magnus Mechler, 2018. In cooperation with Maria Cruz Varona, Chair of Automatic Control
  • Projection-based Parametric Model Order Reduction for 3D-0D Coupled Cardiac Mechanics, Master's thesis, Johannes Lang, 2017. In cooperation with Maria Cruz Varona, Chair of Automatic Control
  • Influence of Pericardial Boundary Conditions on Systolic Cardiac Function in Mechanical Simulations, Term paper, Mirjam Bastian, 2017. In cooperation with Julia Hörmann
  • Live Quizzes for Engineering Mechanics I Lectures, HiWi, Raphael Gebhart, 2016-2017
  • Estimation of Cardiac Muscle Fiber Architecture from Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Bachelor's thesis, Janina Datz, 2016
  • Reduced-Order Mathematical Modeling of Cardiac Growth and Remodeling, Term paper, Sebastian Kaltenbach, 2016
  • Segmentation of a Four-Chamber Cardiac Geometry and Implementation of a Laplace Fiber Lifting Class in Python, HiWi, Martina Weigl, 2015-2016
  • A Reduced-Order Model of Left Ventricular Mechanics using a Prolate Spheroid Geometry, Bachelor's thesis, Christina Insam, 2015
  • A Lumped Parameter Model of Cerebral Blood Flow Regulation: Applications to Simulation of Carotid Endarterectomy, Master's thesis, Jonas Schollenberger, 2015



  • 3. Preis Goldene Lehre im Grundstudium 2017 (Zentralübung Technische Mechanik 1)
  • Gewinner Science Slam 2017 der Fachschaft Maschinenbau
  • 3. Preis Goldene Lehre im Grundstudium 2016 (Zentralübung Technische Mechanik 3)


  • 2014-2018, Research Associate, Institute for Computational Mechanics, TUM
  • 2013, M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, TUM and Stanford University